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NEWS: 11 Firefighters Found Dead In Spain

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posted on Jul, 18 2005 @ 05:11 PM
11 firefighters were killed when they were trapped by fast-moving fire while fighting a forest fire in Spain. The fire was sparked by a barbeque and is still out of control.
A forest fire apparently sparked by a weekend barbecue has killed at least 11 firefighters and continued to burn out of control on Monday in a hilly area east of Madrid, forcing the evacuation of 400 villagers, a regional government spokeswoman told CNN.

The 11 forest agents, under contract to battle forest fires, were led by Felix Mansilla, a Guadalajara provincial fire fighting coordinator. He was among the dead.

They were trapped by the fast-moving fire along with their vehicles, two water tanker trucks and a few all-terrain vehicles, the spokeswoman, Nuria Lozano, said.

The bodies of the 11 firefighters were located near the remote village of Santa Maria del Espino, less than 10 km (6 miles) from the barbecue site, Lozano said. By early Monday, the bodies had not yet been recovered.

By Monday morning, one of the fire's three fronts had been controlled but two remained out of control. A total of 152 firefighters were battling the blaze, backed by eight planes and two helicopters specialized in fighting fires

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Spain has suffered from severe droughts this summer, the worst in 60 years. Forest fires are common in Spain, yet this one has now become the deadliest in 13 years. I believe those responsible for this barbeque must feel terrible right now.

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posted on Jul, 18 2005 @ 05:31 PM
Thank god this wasn't arson as the person would surely be looking at murder charges. You have to feel for the families of those firefighters.

posted on Jul, 18 2005 @ 10:48 PM
Wow, what a's always sad when people trying to protect us die in the line of duty.

posted on Jul, 18 2005 @ 10:51 PM
This is truly sad, my prayers go to the families.

posted on Jul, 19 2005 @ 02:41 PM
Here´s BBC. They say that three french firefighters also died in another fire in Spain.

BBC: Spain blaze victims' bodies found

Police have recovered the bodies of 11 volunteer firefighters who died as they tried to fight a forest fire in Spain's Guadalajara province.

Officials said they died after becoming encircled by the fire, following a sudden change in wind direction.

France, which is also suffering a serious drought, has sent two firefighting aircraft to assist with the Spanish efforts. Three French firefighters were killed while tackling a blaze in the eastern region of Burgundy on Sunday.

Some of the victims' bodies were found near their burned out trucks

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posted on Jul, 20 2005 @ 06:19 AM
The man resposable for the barbacue was arrested and was in court yesterday, i think there charging him with 11 negligent deaths..

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